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Should Thierry Henry Be Banned From Playing In The 2010 World Cup?

Why you, Thierry? Why you of all people? You always stood for something purer in the polluted world of football. You sent "good luck'' texts to rivals like Steven Gerrard.

You sought out Frank Lampard after one Chelsea-Arsenal tear-up, wishing him great joy with impending fatherhood.

You played the game with style and a smile. So why cheat? Thierry, you have just given football its "Say it ain't so, Joe'' moment. From Shoeless to Shameless.

If it had been William Gallas or Lassana Diarra conning the referee with the Hand of Gaul, the shockwaves would not have spread so far and wide, the calls for replays and video umpires would not have been so strident.

What is truly dispiriting about this skulduggery at the Stade de Fraud is that the perpetrator was Henry, an individual admired within an oft-criticised game for possessing principles. Until Wednesday.

If hitherto good guys like Henry are sacrificing their scruples on the high altar of "the end justifies the means'', then football really has lost its moral compass. The governing body of the global game, Fifa, must react strongly to an outrage more harmful than Diego Maradona's Hand of God.

Maradona was a serial charlatan. Henry was not.

So what should Fifa do? Simple. A cheat like Henry should not be allowed to attend the World Cup while honest souls like Shay Given, Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and Ireland's wonderful supporters stay at home.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter must ban France's captain from any involvement in South Africa.

The alternative is too damaging. Before a global audience to be numbered in billions, the sight of Henry leading France out behind the Fair Play banner would make a mockery of Fifa's well-intentioned crusade against cheating. The World Cup is Blatter's party and he can cry foul if he wants to.

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Is Henry the first person to use hand to control ball in the field of playing soccer, why this criticizes

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@Sagamite

Nice point but still, reasoning tells us that d looser in any contest lives with it better if they lost fair and square and not if they were cheated out, cos its instances like this that actually ruin football.

I feel its wrong to allow such things to continue to happen because people have been doing it in the past. 2 wrongs dont make a right. u can imagine d mindset of foootballers going into a match and thinkin of how d outcome might not be determined by wat he can do which is d ideal situation but also dependent on d mood and abilities of the officials.

Mayb this is part of reason footie still lags behind in america- can u imagine tellin them over there that its not wat happed that matters but wat an official saw! contrary 2 some opinion that human error is part of d game, human error ruins the game especially in this day and age.

1- fifa should come out and defend henry, not that since people have done it b4 then henry was not to blame but simply that his instincts got the best of him simple. afterall the man has apologised, requested a replay and contemplated retirement so free him.

2- Ireland should request video replays subsequently and not a replay of the match. but if french fa offers a match replay on moral grounds then fine

3-fifa should introduce the type of limited replay used in tennis where u have lets say one chance to request for video replay per match. this will not slow down the game as some pple fear since u have only one shot so if a team uses it to dispute a dubious corner call in d first half, then they loose out if lets say the opposing team gets a dubious penalty call in injury time. Something lika a lifeline so know when to use it.

4- Now u know y Paulo di canio despite him temperment is to me a greatman

5-lack of video replay has even denied us at least one nations cup title

6-the least they can do is try it out at a tournament and if it doesnt work than scap it, afterall they've experimented with kick in's and golden goal in the past

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ever heard about the law of karma, what goes round comes round?

ireland go to last world cup via dodgy penalty that they CHEATED TO GET.

next world cup ireland get denied a world cup spot by anor dodgy goal by france.

why all this hullaballoo? ANYTIME ANYTHING CONCERNS THE BRITISH THE PRESS THERE JUST GO OVERBOARD AND START BLOWING IT OU OF PROPORTION.

big deal the guy handled the ball, so thats like a new thing in football? see this mumu poster, when these white braggarts rob u pple blind in cup competitions, una no dey shout then o, but 1ce na dem no get decision, una go join dem they misyarn.

Bleep ireland, like say them wan win wc sef. tseew.

na henry una dey shout, wat abt wen messi handle ball? abeg. KI NI BIG DEAL, NO BE PERSON DIVE TO WIN TROPHY?

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Henry is not known for cheating. Through out his years in Arsenal, his record was impeccable. But to ban Henry from world cup, no way. Is handball the only way of cheating? What of people who dive or simulated injury? If FIFA should ban Henry, then they should ban every player that simulates foul.

Excellent point.

Meanwhile FIFA should be thinking of ways to improve the game. Instead of Platini ( Or Sepp Blatter ) to make constructive suggestions on how to move the game 4ward, he was suggesting that women footballers should wear sexy jersey like lawn tennis players to play football.

Let Henry be. One might even argue that it was a reflex action.If you are thinking of the worst cheats in world football, they would be CR and Drogba

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No, mate. Reasoning will tell you that the loser should live with it. That is the bigger picture so as not to ruin the game of football. Common sense will highlight this type of things are rare occurrences that cannot be planned, so it is more fate than cheating per se. Henry did not plan it (and couldn't have planned it successfully), it was a strange thing. LIVE WITH IT!

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Only an unrealistic would suggest Henry be banned from the world cup - the flaw is CLEARLY FIFA's for not spotting it.

If you ban Henry from the world cup, you must ban every player who committed a foul which the ref failed to punish that led to a goal and eliminated another club.

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@sagamite

oh yeah right, i get ur point, lets wait for a country or team with a spotless record to be cheated before something is done about it.( unbelivable reasoning) While ur reasoning is limited to france vs ireland, i'm interested in d bigger picture that provides all teams with a level playing ground.

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fifa is just mad and uefa under platini is a nightmare.

if fifa is not hiding some issues, why asking questions now? it has been there for long.

in tennis, we see the tv technology that makes loosers feel comfortable with whatsoever decission but in footie, the ref has every power to turn a corner kick into a goal.

drogba was banned by platini because he protested the madness of platini and his paid labourer.

it is obvious that platini has allowed sentiments take over his sense of judgement.

they shld crown platini with criminalities and let everyother person in the game be.

for henry, nothing new. the players have right to committ fouls and the ref has the right to turn blind eyes to same.

if anyone needs ban, it is the leadership of the game.

look at uefa under platini, 200 match fixing cases across europe and chelsea - barcelona not inclusive.

the game is poo. platini shld be banned and he lacks everything to be a leader.

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its strange how some posters point 2 d georgia game as justification for ireland's ouster. firstly unlike ireland that actually came out to request for a replay, georgia did not request for one. But all that actually misses the bigger point that such injustices have to come to an end at some point no matter ho is involved if not u'l only have a vicious circle of since it happened to that guy in d past, then it should continue happening to everybody else. bottomline, it has to STOP.

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@topic poster

Why not ban him yourself since you are UEFA or FIFA.

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I know I shouldn't be honouring this moronic question with an answer, but it's Henry.

Henry always stands for truth . . . he's no Ronaldo, he never dived to get a penalty in his Arsenal career.

He was not justa model player, he was the model gentleman.

What happened that day was pure reflex . . . you don't even need to play competitive football to understand that.

It's just like when defenders mistakenly use their hands to stop the ball . . . he's only human.

Now should he have rejected the goal?? NO!!!

Why?? It was not his goal, it was a goal for France.

That's as silly as saying an attorney should drop a case because he found out halfway into the case that the defendant actually commited the crime.

He is a proffessional, and he came out to apologise for his actions.

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I think thats what makes football the most interesting game , the pains and agony of defeat followed by the resultant joy and satisfaction it brings to two halves.

Let the game go on, referees should be more alert and consistent in there cautions, calls and rules.

Henry does no wrong.

See you in the World Cup.

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Thierry Henry should not be banned, Diego Maradonna did it he wasn't banned even Messi did it he wasn't banned, so it's nota new thing .

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Thank you, I read about this but did not see the video.

See the way Robbie Keane picked the ball up to take penalty without shame and to get WC ticket and deny Georgia WC ticket. Na im wan come complain about unfairness naw?

Ok, let them ban France for 2010 WC but the ticket should be given to Georgia for the one they missed because of Ireland.

What closure?

Closure was at final whistle.

Will Fifa now be banning divers? Abi that one no be cheating too?

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1. Yes it was wrong for Henry to blatantly and intentional use hand ball.

2. His image has become tarnished.

3. The French FA has hung him out to dry.

4. To save Henry image, i would also wish the French FA to at least give a replay.

5. Personally, Irish stand to lose a lot even if there is a replay cus the truth is that France was poo on that particular day yet Ireland still could not take advantage. . . hence if there is a replay. . . my though is that France would come at them like a Train with no breaks.

6. Nevertheless, i think the Irish are being hypocritical . . . wat about the fact that Irish also benefitted from a dubious penalty against Georgia . . .should Georgia also request for a replay.

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his moronic actions?

is he the referee?

why didnt ireland offer georgia a replay after dubiously winning a penalty

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There is nothing "moronic" about the question.

It is a possibility that can bring closure to his "moronic" action.

FIFA will be holding an extraordinary meeting in the next few days and their outcome may well be a ban imposed for Henry.

He may miss part or all of the world cup.

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Is the author slow?

Why this moronic question?

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